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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

October 12 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • Ralph Nader: “Atomic Energy — Unnecessary, Uneconomic, Uninsurable, Unevacuable and Unsafe” The fact that it continues to exist at all is a result of a ferocious lobby, enlisting the autocratic power of government, that will not admit that its product is unfit for use. [Huffington Post]

Economics and Investment:

  • In the US, there is rising anxiety about how falling electricity demand will affect utilities’ long-term business models. But in Denmark, electric companies operating in a long-term no-growth market continue to invest in further lowering customers’ energy use. [Midwest Energy News]

Science and Technology:

  • The number of patents issued for renewable-energy technologies has risen sharply over the last decade. The increase was greatest for renewable energy, especially solar and wind. Patents in fossil-fuel technologies showed modest increase, while nuclear was flat.  [The Almagest]
  • Unlike other contraptions that harvest the up and down motion of the waves to harvest energy, Samuel Etherington came up with a novel design that absorbs forces from all directions of the waves — up and down, side to side, and everything in between. [NBCNews.com]

World:

  • Renewable energy has been on a tear the past few years, with growth in many countries spurred by subsidies. Now the heads of 10 European utility companies say EU subsidies should end, because they’ve got more renewable energy than they know what to do with. [Motherboard]
  • Projections from the International Energy Agency indicate that renewable energy is about to take off to historic highs.  Renewable energy growing faster than natural gas, which renewables will pass around 2015. They will be catching up with coal in around 2035. [SustainableBusiness.com]
  • Just as energy bills start to rise for some UK customers, Ikea has announced it will start to sell solar panels. Solar panel installation can cut energy bills for the average three-bedroom house by £768 a year, and pay for itself in eight years. But there is more. [Financial Times]

US:

  • The number of wind energy turbines in Huron County, Michigan is set to more than double in size from the 2012 totals by next summer, Jeff Smith, director of the Huron County Building and Zoning Office said Friday. [Huron Daily Tribune]
  • Over the coming year, a task force comprised of technical experts, activists and business leaders will be responsible for studying the possible implementation of a net zero emissions policy for Cambridge, Massachusetts, City Manager Richard Rossi has said. [Cambridge Chronicle]
  • The EPA is considering rolling back the Renewable Fuels Standard, a move that could threaten the vitality of Nebraska’s ethanol industry. The unprecedented strategy surfaced Friday in internal EPA documents provided to national news outlets by industry sources. [Lincoln Journal Star]

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